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CDT offers a variety of performance opportunities throughout the year for all of our classes, including a year-end recital. An end of the year recital for a dancer is like the big game for a football player. Dancers work hard in preparation and the experience is both memorable and rewarding. Teachers choreograph a special dance for each class within the theme of the recital. In keeping with the teaching philosophy of CDT, choreography is taught to the students in a positive, age-appropriate manner. Our teachers respect the process as much as the final product. We are a non-competitive studio, and all of our participants are winners! Our dancers will gain confidence and take pride in performing for an appreciative audience full of CDT families and friends!

Scroll down for more info on all the performance opportunities throughout the year as well as our current Recital FAQs. 

Open House

Every December each class hosts an open house for families during the last class before the end of the year. Students spend weeks preparing holiday-themed choreography, and get a popcorn party at the end.

Winter Showcase

Our older students and performing groups perform an annual Winter Showcase that is open to the public, and takes place at a local auditorium. TOPs members also showcase their own choreography projects at this event.

Community Performances

Jr TOPs and TOPs routinely perform at local street fairs, retirement homes, and events. 


Every June our studio holds our annual recital at a local auditorium. Each class prepares a dance and spends months working towards it, and we view it as the “grand finale” to the year of dance.

San Diego County Fair

Every year, our dancers perform their recital pieces at the fair on a designated day.

Recital FAQs:

Recital FAQs

Q: When and where is the 2024 Recital? 

A: The recital will be Saturday May 18th, 2024. Curtain times will be 1:00 and 4:00PM at the Clairemont High School Auditorium.

Q: How do I purchase tickets for the recital?

A: Your child will receive 5 tickets that can be used for one show with their recital fee that can be picked up in the lobby at dress rehearsal. Additional tickets can be purchased for $15 each at the door. 

Q: Will my child perform at one or both curtain times? 

A: Classes will perform in one of the two shows with the exception of our performing groups and some older classes that will perform in both. If you have more than one child and/or your child is enrolled in more than one class, there is a chance they could be split in separate shows. The class lists for both shows will be posted at the studio in April.


Q: Does my child have to participate in the dress rehearsal? 

A: All performers will be required to attend the mandatory Dress Rehearsal on Friday May 17th, 2024.  The only absences that will be excused are High School Senior’s commencement exercises or an illness with a doctor’s note. Please understand that out of fairness to ALL performers, we cannot consider any other absence. If a dancer misses rehearsal they will not be allowed to perform in the Recital. 

Q: Why is there a costume fee? 

A:  Some studios charge a costume rental fee. That means that you pay to borrow a costume. Our teachers spend a great deal of time figuring measurements into sizes, sorting through catalogs, and selecting and ordering costumes. Our goal is to find age appropriate, affordable, and attractive costumes that the dancers will love and get to keep and can wear again for dance class, dress up, Halloween, etc. For dancers in classes with the minimum age requirement below 11, the costume fee is $60 per costume. For dancers in classes marked as age 11 and above, the costume fee is $65 per costume. You may combine your Costume Fee with your monthly tuition payment. 

Q: Why is there a recital fee? 

Our Recitals are not for profit. We understand that the total expense per family is significant. We have been told by many families that it is well worth it! There are a multitude of costs associated with putting on a big production, not the least being the venue rental and required tech and custodial staff. The recital fee is $70 per family, and each family will receive 5 tickets. The tickets will be distributed at Dress Rehearsal. Additional tickets are $12 each as seating permits. Performing dancers do not need a ticket. You may combine your Recital Fee with your monthly tuition payment. 

Q: What fees are associated with my child performing at the San Diego County Fair? 
A: A second opportunity for dancers to perform their Recital dances and wear their costumes will be at the annual San Diego County Fair. More information will be sent home once our day/time has been assigned to us. It will be on a weekday in the late afternoon, after the Recital in June. There is no additional fee for dancers who perform in our Recital. The Fair will provide a complimentary entry pass for each performer and one adult chaperone. In 2023 CDT will not be performing in the San Diego County Fair.

Winter Showcase - December 11th, 2022

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Our 2022 annual Winter Showcase is fast approaching! This ticketed performance is held every year to showcase our performing groups and select teen classes. This year it will be held on Sunday, December 11th from 6:00 - 7:30PM at the Marston Middle School Auditorium.

This annual show is a chance for our performing groups and select other classes to ring in the holiday season! This year, Ballet/Contemporary, Teen Contemporary, Ballet I/ II and Pointe I/II, Hip Hop II, Hip Hop III, Teen Modern, Monday Tap/Jazz and Teen Tap will be performing alongside our performing groups. This performance also takes the place of the Open House performances for these classes, which will be held during class time the week of December 12th - 17th.

Tickets are available for $10 at the door on the day of the event and $8 as presale through any of our accepted payment options (just put "Winter Showcase" in the memo line). Children under 3 are free!


Come see the hard work our older students have been doing, and ring in the Holiday Season with dance!  

Let's dance together!

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